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Codefreeze is an unconference with very little structure. Actually, it’s not a conference at all. CodeFreeze is a time and place for software craftspeople to meet. We would like to have likeminded people to gather in one place and have long conversations about software craft under the magical night sky of winter Lapland. And to practice our coding skills.

Did we mention that this place is above the arctic circle? Which is pretty cool. Or freezingly cold actually.

SoCraTes Finland?

Codefreeze is proud to be part of the family of SoCraTes conferences spread all over the Europe. The family of SoCraTes conferences include

When and Where


Mon Jan 15th - Wed Jan 17th 2018


In the beautiful scenes of Kiilopää, Inari, Finland.

Speakers Participants

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  2. Lukas
  3. Johan Peeters AKA Yo
  4. Nelis Boucké
  5. Agnes Köhler
  6. Andreas Bräu
  7. Andreas Spall
  8. Christian Dräger
  9. Emilien Pecoul
  10. Erik Talboom
  11. Franzi [they/them]
  12. Gaspard Pointeau
  13. Jen Krutzinna
  14. Klaus Nagel
  15. Koen Metsu
  16. Markus Tacker
  17. Markus Knittig
  18. Luke Elliott
  19. Aki Salmi
  20. Stefanie Hasler
  21. Tanja Tacker
  22. Vinai Kopp
  23. Wouter De Rijck
  24. Zbigniew Malinowski

Meanwhile on twitter

Previous editions


In February 2015 there were about 20 people enjoying their time at Kiilopää. Want to know more - please visit the page where we actually can comment on some thoughts here


In January 2016 we met again and brought some of our loved ones and families along to Kiilopää. Find out who here


In January 2017 we met again and brought some of our loved ones and families along to Kiilopää. Find out who here

Directions: How to get there

By plane

The nearest airport is in Ivalo (IVL). Both Finnair and Norwegian flies from Helsinki to Ivalo, if not daily, then almost. There are also some direct flights to Frankfurt, London and other places. Find out about the flight schedule.

From every single flight arriving at Ivalo, there is a bus connection from the airport to Kiilopää.

By train

Take the earlier night train from south Finland to Rovaniemi. From Rovaniemi, there is a bus connection, leaving from the railway station.


Winter? Really?

Have you ever been coding under the northern lights? Or in a Lapp daylight? Early-mid February is one of the best times to see northern lights in action. And it also happens, that there’s a full moon during the stay. We’ve done what we can - provide best possible time for some extraordinary experiences.

We know it might be rather cold. Temperatures down to -25 ºC are normal at the time of the year. For some clothing tips, visit here

Smoke sauna?

Being in Lapland in the winter, and one of the most important things is to have a decent sauna. And we do. There’s a big enough smoke sauna to have probably up to 30 programmers. And possibility for winter swimming on a relaxing little stream.

Want to relax a bit while coding?

Luckily, nature is at the core of Kiilopää. And not only that, Kiilopää provides daily trips to nearby fells guided by experienced nature guides. For example, there’s a snow shoe trip on Wednesday morning.

And what does it cost?

The prices are valid for the whole stay during the following duration

The prices include stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner and (most probably) smoke sauna on Monday or Tuesday:


In Kiilopää, Inari, next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. In the middle of nowhere, quite practically - just see the map

Spending some time at Kiilopää?

As folks found out on codefreeze 2015, the scenery is beautiful and there would be tons of interesting things to do, outside the realms of talking software. Suomen Latu Kiilopää organizes quite interesting set of safaris for all people. The possible safaris include, for example


    a guided trip with snow shoes to nearby fells in the late evening to see the fantastic Aurora Borealis.


    A reindeer caravan has been harnessed for you in the reindeer yard ready for your journey into the silent wilderness. Guided by an original Sámi reindeer herder, you will drive your own reindeer along the journey. The reindeer will take you across the enchanting snowy white scenery. The frost glistens like diamonds on the shoulders of the pine trees. You sit warmly and comfortably on reindeer skins in a sleigh. Reindeer bells gently ring as their hooves crunch through the snow. When the reindeer caravan returns to the yard, the experience of a warm “kota” awaits you. Enjoy some hot drink while a reindeer herder gladly tells you stories of his life in the wilds of Lapland. Transfer to and from reindeer farm.


    Reindeer caravan will take you in to the woods. Moon and stars will guide your way and the silence of wilderness will around you. Hot drinks and stories about reindeer in the kota after the sleigh ride. Transfer to and from reindeer farm.






For more information about the safaris, including prices, see the brochure here or visit the official website

About this page

Images courtesy of Visit Finland and Suomen Latu

If you have any questions regarding to this event don’t hesitate to drop a line for Mr. Aki Salmi